Looking for ways to enjoy Fourth of July fun on the water? South Florida beaches may be closed, but there’s a world of cruising, fishing and family fun to discover from the comfort and safety of your Grady-White! Just read on for a few fun ideas.

Deck out your space

Fourth of July celebrations will look a little different this year—but even without a parade or fireworks event, you can still sport your spirit by decking out your Grady-White boat! String fabric red, white and blue streamers from your bow rail, for example, or lay out festive colors in the form of spare towels and cozy blankets for breezy ocean cruising.

Visit or learn about local landmarks

Fourth of July is the quintessential American holiday, and a large swatch of national history can be explored right here in the Sunshine State! There are many destinations to cruise by or learn about, such as…

  • Jupiter Inlet Light, the iconic red lighthouse just off the Jupiter Inlet (a popular cruising and fishing spot), doesn’t just look good. It once served as the Navy’s Radio Detection Finding Station, a.k.a. Station J, designed to intercept German submarine messages during World War II.
  • Miami Marine Stadium, now the popular boat show destination on Biscayne Bay, has been visited by a host of famous national figures, from presidents like Richard Nixon, to all-American artists like Elvis Presley, Sammy Davis, Jr. and more.
  • St. Augustine, a longer cruise up the coast but a worthwhile one. This charming coastal city is actually the oldest in all of America! Plus, you can still see slices of its historical roots from the water. The fishing and cruising here are amazing to boot.

Bring festive, boat-friendly snacks

For many of us, the Fourth of July is all about delicious food! Dig in with an on-board picnic for ultimate relaxation this Fourth of July weekend. Some of our favorite picks include red, white and blue fruit parfaits, watermelon-blueberry skewers, mason jar root beer floats and more.

Go fishing for offshore catches

Even during these times of social distancing, you may find the inshore scene a little crowded this Fourth of July weekend. If so, that’s okay—the offshore expanse is ready and waiting to be explored! Put on your lucky fishing hat and try for catches like sailfish, mahi and more. (Mariner’s tip: Keep your eye on the horizon for birds diving down into the water. These feathered friends may be unwittingly cluing you into the presence of small fish—and the larger catches that eat them—in the ocean below.)

Cruise safely

As always, be sure to prioritize safety and comfort on your Grady-White excursion! Slather on the sunscreen and reapply regularly to protect your skin from the sun, and be sure to fuel up adequately for your planned itinerary. Once these essential safety steps are accomplished, it’s smooth cruising from here.

We hope that these tips help you enjoy Fourth of July cruising to the fullest! Still looking for the perfect ride to call your own, for summer boating and beyond? Mariner Marine is here to help. Our wide selection of Grady-White boats has something for every kind of on-the-water style, so take a look and contact us today. We look forward to working with you.

A lush island, surrounded by sparkling tropical water and endless cruising potential, sounds like the dream escape for most boaters—but who says you can’t enjoy a slice of island living close to home? With your Grady-White in tow, you’re equipped to explore some of South Florida’s most enchanting on-the-water opportunities.

Just read for a few fun ideas to achieve breezy island living on board.

What’s in a name?

If you’re passionate about recreating the island experience on board—and infusing every outing with that sense of serene, sun-soaked adventure—then why not start with a boat name to reflect your island attitude? Some of our favorites include “Calypso,” “Vitamin Sea,” “Aloha” or a classic “Island Time,” to name just a few.

Curate your perfect “island time” playlist

The ambient sounds of crashing waves and gentle breezes are, of course, soundtrack enough for many boaters keen to enjoy the island lifestyle—but if you’d like to take things a step further, and truly immerse yourself into the island mindset, you can’t go wrong with a personal playlist! You can opt for calypso music inspired by the culture of your favorite island getaway, or songs about savoring the island lifestyle wherever you are: For this, old favorites like Jimmy Buffet’s “Cheeseburger in Paradise” come to mind, as do “Margaritaville,” or Zac Brown Band’s “Toes.”

Fish for tropical catches

Fishing is a fun pastime for boaters—and a way of life on all of your favorite islands. Get a literal taste of your dream island escape by angling for catches like mahi-mahi, yellowfin tuna, snapper and more, each as vibrant as the landscape of the tropical islands themselves. You can even grill them up at home for a flavorful treat, made especially easy with a Grady-White built-in fishing box.

Explore a local sandbar…

All along South Florida’s beautiful beaches, you will discover landscapes that remind you of the remote islands you dream about. One such landscape is the sandbar! These stretches of shallow water, easily accessible yet somewhat removed from the hustle and bustle of life back on the “mainland,” are the perfect place to bring your boat for some quality downtime after a day of fast-paced cruising. Popular spots include the Haulover Sandbar off Miami Beach, or the Loxahatchee River Sandbar, a must-see destination for anglers exploring Jupiter Inlet.

… or lush, leafy escape

Another choice landscape to explore is the lush, miniature islands scattered across South Florida’s shores where mangroves meet one-of-a-kind wildlife in a unique natural setting. You can find formations like these everywhere from Biscayne National Park near Miami, to the upper Florida Keys (a convenient day trip away for many South Florida boaters).

From the spacious comfort of your family cruiser, island adventures are never far away. Rediscover your on-the-water environs with the help of your own boat from Mariner Marine! Our selection of Grady-White center consoles, dual consoles and more has something to offer every kind of boater and angler.